White Paper: Put the Power of Industry 4.0 in Your Pocket: Meet the Pocket IO

March 1, 2017 Staff, Maxim Integrated
1The fourth revolution in manufacturing and process automation, often referred to as Industry 4.0, will advance on the backbone of connected systems: sensors, actuators, and control systems, all linked through networks via the internet protocol. Sensor data will be analyzed to optimize manufacturing, predict failures, schedule maintenance and automatically replenish inventory. This poses a considerable challenge for programmable logic controller (PLC) design engineers who are required to pack more functionality into enclosures that keep getting smaller. Higher input/output (I/O) density and smaller form factors also add to the design challenge in another basic way: the system must be more power efficient than ever to prevent the PLC from overheating, especially in an application where fans and vents are generally not acceptable.

Fortunately, a new solution is available which leverages the latest chip integration technology. Combining multiple discrete functions in a single IC provides system designers with significant advantages in size, power consumption and cost. Maxim Integrated’s groundbreaking MAXREFDES150 Pocket IO PLC Development Platform uses analog integration to enable lower heat dissipation and faster throughput than ever before, in an extremely compact footprint of less than ten cubic inches.

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